OKLAHOMA CITY – A joint meeting with the Senate and House Redistricting Committees will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 2:30 p.m. in room 535 of the state Capitol. The meeting is open to all legislators and to the public and will be live streamed at www.oksenate.gov. Virtual participation is encouraged due to social distancing protocols.
Presenters will include Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax, Pontotoc County Commissioner Gary Starnes on behalf of the Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma (ACCO), and Jari Askins, Administrative Director of the Courts.
Sen. Lonnie Paxton, R-Tuttle, is the chair of the Senate Select Committee on Redistricting.
“While the redistricting process involves the drawing of boundaries for legislative and congressional districts, it also involves updating boundaries for voting precincts, county commissioner districts and judicial districts,” Paxton said. “This joint meeting gives us an opportunity to present information about the process to our members and the public.”
Rep. Ryan Martinez is chair of the House Redistricting Committee.
“This meeting will give lawmakers and the public important context into how political, county, judicial and other boundaries are drawn as the Legislature approaches its own redistricting process,” said Martinez, R-Edmond. “I’m glad for this opportunity to have this informative discussion and look forward to getting our actual Census data so we can finalize this process before the next legislative session.”
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Every 10 years, the Oklahoma Legislature is constitutionally required to redraw legislative and congressional district boundaries using the latest U.S. Census data. For more information about the Oklahoma Senate's redistricting process, visit www.oksenate.gov, or submit your redistricting questions at email@example.com.